Here’s an update on a story we told you about a few weeks ago involving alleged animal abuse in Dedham.Animal welfare agent Chrissy Perry says the owner of those animals, Jean Marie Ahearn of Dedham, has hired an attorney and will try to get the horses returned to her.Three weeks ago animal welfare agents rescued six horses and two cats from her property.
One of Bangor’s three methadone clinics will be allowed to expand.Last night, city councilors voted 7 to 1 to allow Discovery House to expand from 500 patients to 700.Council Chair Richard Stone says there was no legal reason for the council to vote against the measure because the clinic meets all code requirements.Discovery House requested to increase capacity at its clinic on Odlin Road last month.
Two public safety issues were on the agenda at the Bangor City Council meeting Monday night.Meghan Hayward was there.Councilors voted on moving forward with negotiations of the possibility of consolidating Bangor Emergency Dispatch with Penobscot County Dispatch.The order passed six to one.” In the long run it could prove to save money.
Bangor city leaders are ready to move forward and sign a contract with the Waterfront Concert Series for next year.At Monday’s city council meeting few councilors had concerns.One item that was discussed was the fencing that bordered the waterfront this Summer.They are looking to come up with a better arrangement so the view of the waterfront isn’t obstructed when there isn’t a concert taking place.There has also been discussion on putting $10,000 in an escrow account for safety measures and area maintenance.Councilor Richard Bronson said he felt this was a low amount and could be raised.But Council Chair, Richard Stone says they all have confidence in the city’s lawyer that he will put together a package that will best protect the city and let the promoter promote.There’s also been talk of creating a more permanent spot for the concert series and all councilors seem to think this is something that needs to be looked at.” I mean it’s great for the waterfront and it’s a great bridge to perhaps move some events to the new complex when we get that completed.”The final contract will be brought before councilors at their next meeting.
On Wednesday, all five candidates for governor will face-off in a live forum right here on TV5.To make things a little different from your typical question and answer session, local students will be playing a big role in the event.”We’re leaders, we’re the next generation that will be taking over, so we definitely have a voice and community members definitely look to us in making some of these decisions,” Said Dacie Manion, with the JROTC at Old Town High School.High school students from more than 20 schools across the state, including Old Town High School and Nokomis Regional High School in Newport, will play a major part in this weeks gubernatorial forum.It’s co-hosted by TV5 and Prepare Maine, an initiative that advocates for Excellence in Education.The students will be at satellite sites, watching live streams of the forum and helping with an interactive question and answer session.”Students and other members of the community will be texting in and sending in chat questions,” said Hayley Hayden, a senior at Nokomis Regional High SchoolMatt Brown, head of broadcasting at Nokomis says it’s a great experience for the students, “They’re going to be going through what people are chatting about and the questions and kinda monitoring how that goes here.”Most of the students aren’t even eligible to vote in this election, but they say knowing where candidates stand on issues is still important to them.”Some of the candidates who are looking to run for office this year might still be in office when we’re able to vote, so if we can’t vote now, we still want to know what kind of people will be running our state,” said Manion.Nokomis student Emily Paige agrees, “I think it will help us so when we actually do have to vote we’ll know more of other peoples thoughts on stuff so it’ll help us think about that type of stuff when we have to do it.”Some schools have invited local political leaders to come and speak before the debate begins.
There’s a new feature to the website www.maineopengov.org.Users can now see how much pensions are for close to 26,000 Maine state and local government retirees.The Maine Heritage Policy Center is behind the website.They announced the latest addition at a press conference in Brewer Monday.The group has concerns about how much is being put into the account as opposed to how much is being paid out.According to their figures, current retirees are receiving nearly $15, 400,000,000.
Bangor city leaders have said they want to continue the Hollywood Slots Waterfront Concert Series.They met earlier this month with Live Nation, the promotions company that brought the concerts to Bangor this past summer.During that meeting, plans for next year were discussed, along with the possibility of a multi-year agreement.Monday night, Live Nation Spokesman Alex Gray will go before city councilors again to discuss the contract.Most everyone agrees the concert series, which featured big names like Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, and Godsmack, was a huge economic boost for the city.
Two items regarding public safety will be discussed at the Bangor City Council meeting Monday night.The possibility of Bangor Emergency Dispatch becoming part of Penobscot County Dispatch is scheduled for a vote.Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia says this has been talked about for years.
Early voting began at the Bangor Civic Center Monday.For one week, folks can cast their ballot by absentee.This is the fourth year that the city has offered early voting and it’s been gaining in popularity each year.City Clerk Patty Dubois says one half of all votes in Bangor are now cast before election day.The Bangor Civic Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.
Congressional candidate Jason Levesque made a campaign stop in Bangor Monday.The Republican is challenging current Representative Mike Michaud in Maine’s Second District.Levesque spoke at his campaign headquarters with members of the Veterans for Levesque coalition.He talked about a number of issues important to our military members, like transitional services and jobs.Levesque says he brings a unique perspective to Washington when it comes to our armed services.”A veteran’s perspective,” says Levesque.